Baseball America has started releasing their top 20 prospects in each league. Today they started with the Gulf Coast League.
The only Pittsburgh Pirates prospect to make the list was Brooks Pounders, who came in ranked number 15. They mention that Trent Stevenson missed the list due to not having a minimum amount of innings.
Pounders pitched 24 innings in the GCL, allowing a 3.04 ERA, a 20:11 K/BB ratio, and a .218 BAA. The goal of the 2009 draft seemed to be acquiring talented pitching prospects. The inclusion of Pounders and Stevenson in the top prospects discussion offers encouragement that this goal is on the right track.